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Rescue of the Infant Krishna

probably 1840s
Unidentified artist, Inscribed by Asa Hemenway (American, 1810 - 1892)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1267, fig. 326 (Folk artists)


Sheet: 20.5 x 25.6 cm (8 1/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pen and watercolor on paper

Not On View


Prints and Drawings



Folk art- various. Recto: Vasudeva takes the infant Krishna, protected by a serpent, across the river to the house of Nanda, a herdsman, whose wife Yashoda is at upper left. Devaki, Krishna’s mother, is at upper right; below is her palace gate with four guards.

Verso: Letter from Asa Hemenway, who was probably writing from Bangkok, to his counsins Rollin and Miron Allen. Henemway describes the miniature in some detail and notes that he has sent “these sketches not on account of their beauty, or excellence of execution, but with the purpose of giving you some idea of the objects of religious [illeg] among the people of this country.”


Recto, lower margin: Crishna, conveyed over the river Jumna by Vasudeva, / miraculously escapes from his Uncle Cansa.
Recto, in image, upper left: Yasooda
Recto, in image, upper right: Devaky the / mother of Crishna
Verso: letter to Hemenway's cousins, Rollin and Miron Allen


1960, gift of Maxim Karolik (b. 1893 - d. 1963), Newport, RI, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 8, 1960)

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875